Our top 10 most read articles. As always, most of what made the list is our original content.

Who says people don’t read anymore?

Readers spent more time on our website than ever before. In 2021, we registered a global bounce rate of 5.17%. I’m not even sure how this happened to be perfectly honest, but clearly, we are doing something right, right?

With that in mind, here’s the list of our top 10 most-read articles for 2021.


1. Tesla launches a standalone solar inverter, challenging Enphase and SolarEdge for market share
Tesla launched its first standalone solar inverter which is available in two capacities – 3.8kW and 7.8kW. The two “versions” feature two (for the 3.8kW version) and four (for the 7.8kW version) maximum power point trackers (MPPTs).

2. The Tesla Solar Roof is coming to Canada, says Elon Musk — but how does it handle snow?
In a tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the upcoming roofing tiles will be available in Canada at some point in 2021. Tesla’s solar roof tiles are designed to look like normal roof tiles when installed on a house while doubling as solar panels to generate power.

3. Researchers are helping create more efficient solar cells that also do a better job of resisting degradation
FSU researchers are investigating material properties for longer-lasting, more efficient solar cells. They found that small tweaks to the chemical makeup of the materials as well as the magnitude of the electrical field it is exposed to can greatly affect the overall material stability.

4. Regular solar panels VS the Tesla Solar Roof tiles — how does the price compare with roofing costs?
Tesla made a huge splash in the solar panel world when they unveiled the latest version of the Tesla Solar Roof. But since then we haven’t seen too much about it. If you are replacing your roof? Or building a new home? How does the price compare to roofing costs?

5. Automakers choose silicon as key Li-ion battery material to boost electric vehicle performance
In a new race to achieve fast charging and longer battery range, electric vehicle manufacturers like GM, Porche and Tesla are leading the charge in silicon adoption.

6. Gigantic dual-axis solar tracker installed on a residential property in Halifax, Nova Scotia
A featured solar project details the installation of a massive dual-axis solar tracker on an estate in the city of Halifax, in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. The array includes 90 Canadian Solar bifacial 390W panels, which help capture the high reflected light albedo during the snow season.

7. The road to breakthrough technologies and scientific innovation is littered with failure
Most people use failure to measure corporate performance management, neglecting to consider its role in triggering innovation and changes that lead to breakthroughs and success.

8. Canada’s 2021 budget promises $40K interest-free loans for home retrofits such as rooftop solar
Canada’s federal government unveiled its first budget in more than two years. The budget represented a strong effort to reduce Canada’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions. It added an additional $101.4 billion dollars in new spending—much of which is geared towards economic stimulus— to get Canada through the Covid-19 pandemic.

9. Canada is investing $10M to train 2,000 new Energy Advisors to support the Canada Greener Homes Grant
The federal government of Canada launched a call for proposals to recruit, train, and mentor up to 2,000 new Energy Advisors across the country to support the Canada Greener Homes Grant.

10. Silicon’s advantage as a better anode over graphite—in next-generation lithium-ion battery technology
Lithium-ion batteries are one of the most widely used secondary battery systems in the world today. However, the battery technology has a major flaw. Its current commercial graphite anode can’t meet the increasing demand for energy density, operation reliability and system integration that arises from lengthy portable electronic devices, longer-range electric vehicles, and increasing energy storage applications. On the other hand, Silicon has been immensely researched as a high-performance alternative to these graphite anodes.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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